NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/JUNE 02, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Scooper Bowl: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival
Bryant Park 42nd St.and 6th Ave.; 12PM-9PM, $20
“Enjoy the Scooper Bowl, an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, all for charity in Bryant Park from June 1-3. Supporting the Jimmy Fund, ice cream outposts like Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Big Gay Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more will be slinging cups each day.” (TONY)

Sure, there are many other fine events today, but all the high quality ice cream you can eat, for a good cause, in a gem of a park is tough to beat. This is the most fun charitable contribution you will ever make. Ever.

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>SEAN JONES QUARTET
>>Javon Jackson
>>DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND 40TH ANNIVERSARY
>>VISION FESTIVAL 22
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>The Frick Collection – First Fridays
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

SEAN JONES QUARTET (June 01-04)
at Jazz Standard, / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30
Mr. Jones is a straight-ahead trumpeter from the Freddie Hubbard school of improvisers: fleet, boisterous and harmonically minded. A member of the SFJazz Collective and a former lead trumpeter in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Mr. Jones releases “Live From Jazz at the Bistro,” his eighth LP for Mack Avenue Records and his first live album, on Friday. For these performances, he will appear with some of the musicians from that record: the pianist Orrin Evans, the bassist Luques Curtis and the drummer Obed Calvaire. (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Javon Jackson (May 30-June 4)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30Pm, $30
A champion of the rugged tenor-saxophone tradition of such modern masters as Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson, Jackson has, in the course of a committed three-decade career, carved out his own identity as a bountiful improviser. His meat-and-potatoes quartet includes the pianist Jeremy Manasia.” (NewYorker)

DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND 40TH ANNIVERSARY (June 1-4)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $30-$45
“The New Orleans brass band tradition by now is a broad and flexible cultural export, but it wasn’t always. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band was the first such group to incorporate funk, hip-hop and other types of jazz into a relatively traditional formation. Over a storied career the band has recorded 12 studio albums and paved the way for a horde of similar acts, from the Rebirth Brass Band to the Soul Rebels. This four-night run is a celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

VISION FESTIVAL 22 (May 28 through June 3).
at Judson Memorial Church
“The Vision Festival, New York’s annual gathering of the improvising avant-garde, is a locus for some of the country’s most unbounded musicians. The alto saxophonist Darius Jones; Artifacts Trio (Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed); the tenor saxophonist David Murray; and Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille) are all on the bill. And it’s a multimedia affair, with a reading by the esteemed poet Fred Moten; dance performances; and film screenings on the Black Panther Party and the musician Cooper-Moore, who is this year’s honoree. The festival will take place mostly at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, but some of the events, including midnight performances, are at Anthology Film Archive and Nublu.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $22+
Tonight: The Golden Cockerel (Jun.1-3)
“In a flood of blazing color, the stage erupts in a style at once storybook naïve and neoprimitivist-modernist. Alexei Ratmansky’s narration is suspenseful, amusing, energetic,” praised The New York Times at its ABT premiere last season. This fairy tale features tour-de-force theatrical roles, including the doddering Tsar Dodon, the deceptively seductive Queen, and the darkly magical cockerel—all set against a kaleidoscope of vibrant color that evokes a mythical Russia.”

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Frick Collection – First Fridays
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St./ 6-9PM, FREE
“Museum admission and gallery programs are free the first Friday evening of the month (except September and January). Enjoy gallery talks, music performances, and sketching, or simply find yourself in the company of the Old Masters and art enthusiasts from around the world.”

World Science Festival 
Tonight: (1 of many): Mummy Knows Best: Trivia at the Museum – “Unwrap an evening of mystery and celebrate the American Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibition—Mummies. Join comedian and journalist Faith Salie under the blue whale to unearth rare facts and show off your smarts in a pub-style quiz format. Tackle trivia questions and physical challenges with a drink in hand! And if things get too tough, you might even get an assist from a team of top scientists!”
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 6PM, $45

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and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for the very Upper WestSide of Manhattan:

2017 Uptown Arts Stroll
“The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.” (untappedcities)

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Aug. 31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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